ASK THE EXPERTS
Should I select my appliances first and then
call a kitchen planner?
This is not recommended. A kitchen design in
much like a jigsaw puzzle, where each piece must
fit into the whole design. By all means,
research your appliance choices and formulate
your "wish list", but it is usually better not
to purchase your appliances until the design has
What is the kitchen triangle and why is it
The "work triangle" is the kitchen area from the
refrigerator to the main cooking area to the
main sink. Connect the three and it should form
a triangle (unless you have a 'one-wall'
kitchen). It's important because at or
immediately adjacent to the triangle's points,
all the key kitchen activities - food
preparation, cooking and clean up - take place.
The work triangle helps to ensure that your
kitchen will be functional. It keeps cooking
activities centered in one area, with all the
necessities close at hand.
Can I reuse my current Kitchen Cabinets?
Many times kitchen cabinets can be reused
during a kitchen remodel. Your cabinet may be in
great shape, installing new countertops on them
will bring new life to your kitchen remodel
without busting your budget.
Can my Kitchen Cabinets be refurbished?
A kitchen remodel can include bringing
quality cabinets back to life. Drawer glides and
hinges are replaceable
and the cabinets themselves can be refinished in
a variety of colors and stains.
Is it necessary to replace everything in my
kitchen at one time?
No, it is not necessary to replace
everything in your kitchen at one time. Some
people choose to only replace their
countertops where as others decide to completely
gut the kitchens and start from scratch. The
amount of replacement really
depends on your budget and your timeline.
Do I need a stove hood?
It really depends on the kind and amount of
cooking you do. "Serious" cooks who do a lot of
frying or sautéing at high heat that causes
smoke and splattering of grease fumes or food
smells that linger than
you probably do not need to spend a bundle on
Do all my kitchen cabinets need to be the
same color and style?
No, depending on your personal preference your
kitchen can be designed with contrasting
cabinets. Unique looks can be achieved by
contrasting upper cabinets with lower cabinets
and this can create a very custom look.
Contrasting countertops is another design tool
used to customize kitchens and create very
How many different types of countertops are
There are many different types of
countertops available on the retail market
today. There are countertops made
of granite, quartz, synthetic materials and
What types of countertops are the best?
The best countertop really depends on your
needs. The many different types of kitchen
countertops all possess
different qualities which may or may not be
needed by the homeowner. The best countertop for
the homeowner will
possess all of the qualities that the homeowner
needs at a price that the homeowner can afford.
The goal is to obtain the best possible product
at the most affordable price. The price for
custom countertops for an average sized family
home can be quite expensive, so it is best to
have a budgeted amount in mind before you begin
to shop for a countertop. The most inexpensive
option for kitchen countertops is a laminate
What do we do with the old cabinets and
Old cabinets and countertops can be sold on
Craigslist, donated, given away or thrown away.
What can I do myself?
How much you can or should attempt to do really
depends on your ability and knowledge of
You'll definitely be able to tear out old
cabinets (be careful not to damage walls and
beams), take up old vinyl flooring and handle
trash removal. You may also want to paint or
wallpaper on your won. You're better off letting
the pros handle plumbing and appliance hook-up -
if you try it on your own, you may violate
building codes or invalidate manufacturer
And let a professional installer put your new
cabinets in so that they look their best.
What will it cost to remodel my kitchen?
This is a much asked question, and an
exceptionally difficult one to answer. The price
for a new kitchen or bathroom will be affected
by (1) where you buy it (2) what features it
includes and (3) the brands/models you select.
What improvements should I do during my
You should start with a list of items that
require immediate attention as well as those
that cause functional problems.